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Ogilvie, Ramay re-elected to lead board

At their first meeting of 2023, the Jeff Davis County Board of Education re-elected Roger Ogilvie and Andy Ramay as chair and vice-chair for 2023 and 2024.
Middle School Principal Dr. Brent Coleman recognized the 7th and 8th grade honor band. Twenty-one 7th & 8th grade band students were recently selected to attend the Southeastern United States Middle School Honor Band at Troy University in Troy, Ala. Students spent three days on the campus of Troy University where they rehearsed with other middle school students from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama to perform a concert. The students also attended the 350-member Sound of the South Marching Band’s practice and take the field to play Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” alongside the college students. The weekend was capped off by attending the Troy vs. University of Louisiana-Monroe football game.
Adam Kirby gave updates on facilities, maintenance and transportation for JDCSS.
Action Items
Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe recommended Mobile Communications America (formerly known as Hastings Communications) for system communication radios. The board approved the recommendation unanimously.
Dr. Roppe recommended Parrish Construction to serve as Construction Manager At-Risk for the JDHS Auditorium Renovation Project. The board voted yes, with board member David Miller abstaining.
Finance Director Betty Corbitt presented financial reports.
The board accepted the resignation of Mike Lynn and approved recommendations to higher primary school paraprofessional Garrett Taylor and high school paraprofessional Elizabeth Bagley.
In other action, Dr. Roppe gave an update on upcoming board member training: Feb. 2 – Board Chair workshop; Feb. 6 – Legal Issues and Ethics whole board training; Feb. 14-15 – New board member workshop for Shannon New; June 8 – GSBA Policy Workshop.

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